Review: Air Canada Business Class CRJ-9: Halifax – Ottawa


Air Canada offers Canadair Regional Jet service throughout Atlantic Canada. Despite being a regional jet, they still offer a small business class product. I would get the opportunity to test out their business class product on my short flight to the nations’ capital today.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Atlantic Canada on Air Canada. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Air Canada Business Class, CRJ 900, Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Ottawa International Airport

As in on my Air Canada Business Class Ottawa – Halifax flight on the way out, I used Air Canada E-Upgrades courtesy of Elite Status to upgrade this flight from an economy fare. The E-Upgrades expire every year and I had little use for them otherwise.

After spending time at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Halifax, I eventually headed down to the concourse to look for my departing flight. It was a pretty serene experience, unlike the crowds you can experience at American or other larger airports. Today’s CRJ was parked at the gate, a tiny aircraft, in its spacious surroundings.

Navigating the Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Wandering the Gate Area of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport
My Air Canada CRJ Regional Jet
Air Canada 
AC 8637 – Business Class (R)
YHZ – YOW (Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Ottawa Cartier International Airport)
Nov 10, 2019
3:40 PM – 4:31 PM (scheduled)
Booked: CRJ-900
Flown: CRJ-900

They were oversold today and were offering flight bumps at the gate in the amount of $600 for travel the next day. I was tempted there for a minute but I had arranged date night in Ottawa with MrsWT73 tonight who was to be in town on business so I passed.

On Board Air Canada Short Haul Business Class:

Eventually getting on board, the seat was the same as on the way out. The configuration in Air Canada Business Class on the Canadair Regional Jet is a 1 – 2 configuration in Business Class.

Air Canada Business Class – CRJ-900
Air Canada Business Class – CRJ-900

Pre – Departure Services:

There was water on the seat which served as the de-facto pre-departure beverage.

Departing Air Canada Halifax Stanfield International Airport

The climb out was over the now familiar rural terrain; with not a building or other occupation for miles around.

Climbing to Altitude
Views of Canadian Wilderness

The Meal: A Light Lunch

Today’s lunch offer was a couscous wrap with a gin and tonic. Unfortunately, I had apathetic crews today that seemed to be just going through the motions. The food was dropped off and they pretty much disappeared for the rest of the flight; a formidable challenge on such a small aircraft as a CRJ.

Air Canada Business Class: A Couscous Wrap for Lunch

I passed by the flight time by watching the scenery out of the window and following along on the moving flight map.

Following the Flight Track to Ottawa

It was a short flight today, eventually landing in rainy Ottawa. As you can see, the arrival hall was very busy, like everywhere else so far on this trip (laughing).

Arriving into Rainy Ottawa
Arriving into Baggage Claim in Ottawa International Airport
Arriving into Ottawa

I would transfer over to the Westin Ottawa for a brief stay on my visit to the nation’s capital.

Air Canada Short Haul Business Class summary:

The business class service on these narrow body jets are better than sitting in the back but not all by much. I suppose if you add the checked bags, priority boarding and lounge access it represents a bit better value than being cramped in the tail of the plane, but I wouldn’t expect too much more than that.

If you’ve flown Air Canada’s Canadair Regional Jets, how do you find the travel experience?

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